The Indianapolis Colts announced today that they have re-signed place kicker Adam Vinatieri. While the terms of the contract were not disclosed, it has been reported that Vinatieri’s deal is for one year and worth $3.625 million - $1 million to sign and a $2.625 million base salary.
The 45-year-old kicker will be entering his 13th season with the team. In his tenure with the Colts he has converted 86.5% of his field goal attempts, which is higher than what he made with the New England Patriots (81.9%).
It’s hard to not see why he’s often labeled as the “GOAT” (greatest of all time). As he is only 58 points shy of passing Morten Andersen (2,544) for the top spot on the NFL’s career scoring list, which he will likely pass mid-way through this season barring something catastrophic.
Most Points in NFL History— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 22, 2018
Morten Andersen 2,544
Adam Vinatieri 2,487
Gary Anderson 2,434 https://t.co/GnmFCjxOAg
It’s entirely possible that the clutch kicker may play beyond this season, if he is still performing at a high level:
“I know they’re out there,” Vinatieri said of the records. “I know they’re within reach, and I really wanted to break those records in a Colts’ helmet. And by no means does a one-year deal mean I’m done after one year.”
What the future will hold remains to be seen, however the news of the deal has everyone happy in Indianapolis, as Mr. Reliable is back.